I’m very excited to welcome a new contributor to the EXPDX fold: Matt Palenske, the artist known as Consumer. He’s going to be helping keep fresh content on the blog since my work and other projects are preventing me from keeping things updated here as regularly as I would like. He’s kicking off his contributions with a bang, too. Here are his thoughts on the new cassette by EMS, and an audio interview with the artist herself.
Vern Avola has made herself a support beam in the synth based experimental electronic scene in Portland. Participating in a wide roster of projects including Elrond, Big Nasty Bill & the Deans, and offering live assistance for Tig Bitty among many others, she has an apt name for her project in which she is the sole decider…Eat My Shit (EMS). Her October 2016 release, through An Out Recordings, Liebe Fur Alle contains two takes on a live moment recorded by Daniel Menche at the High Water Mark Lounge.
The A side is the raw room track, literally beginning with a natural crossfade of the crowd’s chatter and EMS’s establishing drone. The second breath into the strobing hum is from a new atmosphere, an unfamiliar air that signals that the visions have already taken effect. The sound trudges through a colossal canopy that veils the rapid descent into increasingly wider views of a fantastic journey akin to The Neverending Story. The excitement and mystery of adventure are presented at face value. Dread and serenity are inner-twined so vividly that the idea of arrival is abandoned, volunteering to ride a sonic conveyer belt. Whether or not somebody has a similar visual reaction, the point is that this album rewards the listener’s full immersion.
The B side is a shift in perspective of the same journey. After experiencing the smell and touch of the adventure, the B side studies the experience from inside an apparatus. Remixed by Menche, the elements are intensified to a blinding level as if he’d shrunk down to the size of a red blood cell, charting the raw journey from hyper-specific beacons, relentlessly stretching either time or space to arrive at an understanding. By the end, the results of the study aren’t shared. The mystery remains.
Purchase the cassette and/or download as well as stream the album at http://emsnoise.bandcamp.com